Joe Hockey and the ghost of Bob Menzies

This week’s budget raises the question of whom the Liberal Party now represents, writes Norman Abjorensen

14 May 14 | Comments (3)

More than a fraction too much faction

The timing of Barry O’Farrell’s departure, and its aftermath, reveal much about the heavily factionalised NSW Liberal Party, writes Norman Abjorensen

20 Apr 14 | Comments (1)

Challenges for the Abbott agenda

Despite the pundits, it won’t be business as usual under the Coalition, says Norman Abjorensen. But the Senate will determine much of the style and rate of change

10 Sep 13 | Comments (1)

Labor’s monsters

The problems go back to 2007, writes Norman Abjorensen

06 Aug 13 | Comments (0)

Two Canberras, two Kevins

They aren’t always right in the national capital, but they are this time, writes Norman Abjorensen

25 Jun 13 | Comments (0)

The electoral calculus of campaign oxygen

For more than a quarter of a century, short election campaigns have been the norm, writes Norman Abjorensen. Julia Gillard’s announcement recalls longer, and sometimes riskier, campaigns

31 Jan 13 | Comments (0)

Australia’s unlucky parliaments

If it’s true that a country gets the politicians it deserves, then Australia is in a bad way, writes Norman Abjorensen

07 Nov 12 | Comments (4)

A certain curiosity

Two key figures in the postwar development of the Labor Party never met, writes Norman Abjorensen

28 Oct 12 | Comments (0)